Congress Passes Bill that Would Boost Career and Technical Education

The labor shortage currently plaguing the glass, glazing and construction industries could see some relief.

The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act has passed both the House and the Senate, and is awaiting the president’s signature to become law.

It amends the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 to revise and introduce definitions and improve the implementation of career and technical education (CTE) programs in schools by easing state and local requirements.

This bill makes the following revisions to requirements for reservations and state allotment and within-state funding allocations:

  • For FY2018-FY2020, no state shall receive an allotment for a fiscal year that is less than its allotment received for FY1998;
  • For FY2021 and each succeeding fiscal year, no state shall receive less than 90 percent of its allotment received for the preceding fiscal year;
  • States are allowed to reserve up to 15 percent (currently 10 percent) of their within-state allocations for current uses; and
  • States may reserve 2 percent (currently 1 percent) of their allocations for leadership activities that serve individuals in juvenile justice facilities and educational institutions that serve individuals with disabilities.

These funds can be used to foster innovation through the promotion of promising and proven CTE programs, practices and strategies.

AAMA Gives Insight to California’s Prop 65

An amendment to the California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, commonly known as Prop 65, took effect August 30, 2018. Changes to the warning methods of products containing chemicals that can cause cancer or reproductive toxicity could impact glass and glazing manufacturers. The American Architectural Manufacturers Association hosted a webinar about what to expect.

According to John Nolan, an attorney with the Gary Law Group, the amendments will not apply to products manufactured before August 30, 2018. The law falls under the “Right to Know” statute that says it is required to make California consumers aware if a product they are buying will expose them to any potentially harmful chemicals. Prop 65 details how consumers should be warned.

Companies that do business in California, employ ten or more people and are knowingly exposing individuals to cancer-causing chemicals or chemicals with reproductive toxicity are required to comply with Prop 65 and provide a clear and reasonable warning unless the exposure is not a risk. Safe Harbor Warnings can be considered. Nolan suggested that manufacturers with distributors who sell in or California consider complying with Prop 65.

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